Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A PASSION FOR PAINT?

I haven't painted anything since Sunday evening.  It feels like it's been weeks. 

What is this obsession with painting, feeling as if you aren't quite whole unless you've spent some time painting each day?  I don't lack the time but the inspiration right now.  I'm thinking more and painting less, maybe, and that should be a good thing.  And while I'm thinking, I'm waiting for something to inspire me - a photo, an idea, a sentence or two in a good book...

And we are experiencing unbelievable weather in the 70Fs each day this week and sunny.  So I have to get outside more than usual before this wonderful weather ends...

9 comments:

Irina said...

I know the feeling. I feel nervousness if not paint several days. Hooked. These days too busy to sketch and so sorry about that. Other days when not painting, I feel boiling inside, as if I gain the power to draw.

Teresa Palomar Lois said...

Ah, getting fresh air can be inspirational too Rhonda, maybe the muse is playing among some leaves out there :)

Your post made me remember that quote on art&fear about the pain of not working exceeding the pain of working

Gaylynn said...

I hear you Rhonda, except I usually have to pencil it in on my calendar. You are so lucky to have the time and leisure to choose when and how to scratch that itch.Like exercise...you have to make yourself get going. Once you begin you fuss at yourself for putting it off because it feels so right.

MB Shaw said...

I am exactly the same way and get really crabby when I don't get enough time in the studio. But being out of doors is the next best thing, or at least I think so.
xoxo

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Irina, Teresa, Gaylynn and MaryBeth :) I know, I know...we've all been there, in that rut, uninspired, afraid, messed up somehow. Perhaps there is a very definite reason but I'm just not seeing it because if I see it then I'll have to do something about it? In my next life I am not going to be so afraid of everything!!!

RHCarpenter said...

Gaylynn, I do realize how lucky I am!! Any hour of the day (almost every day), I can draw or paint or look through an art magazine or book. I can go to a gallery show or a local museum. I can get out and walk around and see things. I am a lucky woman. And yet, I'm still a bit stuck right now - perhaps it's a growth cycle and I'm wanting to burst out but can't just yet...

Christiane Kingsley said...

Rhonda,
I too feel somewhat restless when I don't paint for a few days...and then I feel nervous about picking up the brushes again. Strange... When I retire in less than three weeks ( youpee!) I would like to force myself to sit down in front of my watercolor paper and do "something" every day..maybe this will result into some real painting or at least in removing this anxiety of putting down the first brushstroke on a new painting.
I suppose that the artistic brain is something very complex:-)

Prabha N. said...

I am happy whenever i paint. Its a struggle though to pick up brushes and paint. I agree with Christiane when she says that the artistic brain is very complex.

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Christiane and Prabha. I think that restlessness or feeling of anxiety when we don't paint means we really are artists!